Welcome to the Monday Mix, where we showcase new music just added to the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature the confident work of a young pop artist, a folk-rock panic attack and a powerful and ambitious hip-hop song.
Jordana - "Big"
Kansas-based artist Jordana has released this song from her forthcoming two-EP series (the first release is called "Something To Say"). According to the young musician, "'Big' is written about my experience of entering a state of pure confidence." The accompanying video displays this self-assurance as we watch her strut unapologetically through an abandoned city with bravado while escorted by the song’s fierce beat.
This is the Kit - "This Is What You Did"
Musician Kate Stables tackles the mental effects of isolation on this track from the folk-rock outfit’s new album (“Off Off On” will be released on Oct. 23). The song is "a bit of a panic attack song" says lead singer Stables. "We all get into negative mind loops sometimes. Especially when you're not getting the fresh air and outside time you need to stay healthy." This stress is channeled through the song’s relentless banjo-driven tempo and accented by an ominous-sounding chorus that repeats as if it were almost a scolding from an inner voice.
Anderson .Paak - "Lockdown"
With lyrics seemingly taken straight from the mouths of protesters in the streets, Anderson .Paak has attempted to synthesize the many voices that most Americans have only seen on the news into a single song. And he’s succeeded in delicately packaging their sometimes uncomfortable to hear messages of repression and rage into a beautifully digestible track that almost anyone can vibe with. The powerful video for this song goes even further and shows the humanity of these protestors after the screaming stops, the cameras turn off and the smoke clears.